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Social Services for Youth

Nature volume 145, page 21 (06 January 1940) | Download Citation



THE Board of Education has directed attention to a serious deficiency in our social services in a circular recently issued to the local education authorities for higher education in England and Wales, and a similar circular has been issued by the Secretary of State for Scotland to the education authorities in Scotland. These authorities are asked to take steps to set up local youth committees in their areas, and voluntary organizations and education authorities are called upon to combine in making real provision for the social and physical development of young persons between the ages of fourteen and twenty who have ceased full-time attendance at school. This neglected and elusive problem has been accentuated by war conditions—the black-out, the strain and disorganization of family life—and the Board of Education has now assumed a direct responsibility for juvenile welfare. The National Youth Committee has been appointed to advise them and a special branch of the Board of Education office has been organized to deal with grants and other administrative duties.

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